Quickly - I didn't ask for the thread to be taken to down or the link removed, just the note adding. I think it is important to have this kind of discussion as it does highlight what people are willing to push themselves to and the state of affairs.
I had the idea of Everest as a naive sort of aspirational climber/mountaineer and then started to research it by reading books on the subject and the costs involved. In one of Joe Simpson's books (Dark Shadows falling I think) he has a photo of one of the high camps with the general litter and bodies, which made me realise that it was not for me. I've read about David Sharp and "green boots" in a different book about what happened to him, so seeing those photo's I guess you could say that reality did bite. I have no problem with people climbing or wanting to climb these routes, but it is definitely not for me.